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Petition to save post office.

Two Billingham councillors have taken to the streets in a bid to save an under-threat post office.

Colin Leckonby and Lynne Apedaile have been battling hard to save the Low Grange post office ever since it was announced that it is earmarked for closure.

Now the Lib Dem councillors have been urging local people using the post office to back their fight.

A total of 13 post offices on Teesside face closure later this year, including outlets in Stockton, Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Hartlepool, as reported.

The move is part of a drive by the Post Office to restructure its national network of more than 9,000 urban post offices.

The two Marsh House ward councillors are concerned that 12,000 residents would be left without a local post office if Low Grange closed.

The alternative post offices in the event of closure would be in Billingham town centre or in Wolviston Village.

Cllr Leckonby said: "It is not fair that the elderly or parents with small children should have the extra burden, both physically and financially, of taking a trip out of the ward to collect pensions or benefits.

"Local shopkeepers would also have to travel into Billingham town centre to bank their takings, causing extra cost and a security risk."

Fiona Hall, Lib Dem candidate for the North-east in the forthcoming European elections joined the two councillors yesterday.

She said: "It is simply out of order for local communities to suffer as is threatened in Low Grange and also in other parts of Stockton Borough."

Any views over the proposed closures should be sent to David Mellows-Facer, National Consultation Team, PO Box 2060, Watford, WD18 8ZW, by June 7.

* PLANNED closures of post offices in Middlesbrough are to be examined by local councillors.

A special meeting of Middlesbrough Council's Overview and Scrutiny Board is being held next Monday to consider the proposals.

The Post Office is planning to close the post offices at 51 Acklam Road, at Palladium Buildings in Eastbourne Road, at Shelton Court and at West Lane in Newport.
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Date:May 18, 2004
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